Posted by: suek2001 | August 4, 2015

“A family of friends..”–a tribute to Bloodliners

I just came home from a family reunion of sorts….

I am not related by blood to any of these people but through musical lienage..they are family…

I have written extensively about going to the Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp in the past….Most of the time I write about the music…

I think it’s time I write about the people…

The Bloodliner Reunion is more than a bunch of musicians and fans…they are a family…

The Bloodliners got their start through an email discussion group for the singer-songwriter John Stewart….

It is pretty amazing that a man who penned so much great music would foster so much love and support from so many people..When I  see these people, it really is a family reunion..

There’s the crazy older brother that everyone picks on…yet he loves it because it means he’s the center of attention..plus, he brings his wife who more than makes up for anything he says or does..She is the living definition of marrying up..:-)

There’s the older Uncle who is dedicated to the “real sound of vinyl”..and is a Kingston Trio/John Stewart fanatic collector…He brings his colorful personality to the place and it changes the whole room..

There’s the cool brother..with a hippie vibe and a warm heart, that shows up with his mandolin and the charisma level triples in the room. He may not intend to lead the jamming but people just naturally follow him…

There’s the slightly older brother, who knows everything you would want to know about The Kingston Trio and has no problem giving you detailed reasoning why certain albums work and why some don’t..Yet, he never comes off as being too good for the people. He’s a fan that loves the music and will gladly enhance any performance others give…

There is also the handsome pilot brother who’s charisma is only matched by his golden voice…a voice to make women swoon and carry the story of a song right to the heart…and what keeps the women from falling all over themselves to get near him is that he has an equally awesome wife that is just perfection…

Then, there are the sisters…the sisters of all things Kingston Trio and John Stewart…

There are the short girls that when they show up, they bring the adorable quotient to a level not seen in decades….They bring talent..and support for the guys..as being a Kingston Trio fan has long been a “guy-thing”..but these women bring knowledge of instruments and music with them….and Camp wouldn’t be the same without them…

There’s also a younger faction to this family reunion..including the kid of one of the former Trio members..Great heart..great joy and a desire to share his gift with the world..extremely huggable and a sweet teddy bear…

There’ a kid brother..kinda geeky but not shy about being a bit of a geek for the Trio…and Doctor Who..and there’s something to be said for being proud of who you are…

..and the spunky younger sister who brings a quality to her performances that is downright infectious….Her love for her dad is felt in every performance she gives…and her mere presence on stage elevates us all…

So, many other..so..so many others..I could not describe them all..each have contributed to this family..this family of John Stewart and Kingston Trio fans..

I write this as a love letter…to them..and a deep thank you for what they have meant to me over the past few years I have gone to Camp…

You may be wondering where I see myself in this family…I see myself as that younger, spunky girl..who found a way to fit in with some really cool people…they have no problem if I am a dork for John Denver, banjoes and George Grove…They appreciate who I am..and see me for what I am and want to be…

..and all I can say is I am grateful to be a part of this wonderful family…

Thank you John Stewart…for so much…You did great while you were here and now we shall carry it on for you…

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